Reflection: Complex Tasks Mutations, part 1 - Section 3: Guided Practice


Modeling is a critically important part of instruction, especially for complex tasks.  I use the practice of "think aloud" when I model complex tasks or critical thinking skills for my students.  By using the think aloud strategy, I am able to give my students a sense of how I approach the task or behavior.  By showing students what I want them to be able to do or know, I provide them a greater chance of success the first time when they perform the task or action.

I have found great success with modeling and credit this practice with helping students have a better sense of what they should be doing or how they will show knowledge when I release them to work independently.  Before I started modeling with the intent to show my students how I think, I found that the work products often did not reflect what I had intended for students to create.  Since beginning the regular practice of modeling instruction, I find fewer instances where the work students submit does not reflect what I desired them to be able to do or know.

One practice that has helped me become more intentional about modeling instruction is scripting the modeling when I write the lesson plan.  Scripting the modeling component of the lesson really does not add a lot more time to the lesson planning process.  And, it makes me consider how I will show the HOW of the skill or knowledge I want to students to gain.  I am a fan of modeling instruction and see how it has benefited my students.

  Modeling what you want students to be able to know or do
  Complex Tasks: Modeling what you want students to be able to know or do
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Mutations, part 1

Unit 2: Unit 3- Growth and Heredity
Lesson 8 of 16

Objective: Students will be able to describe the relationships between changes in DNA and potential appearance of new traits including insertions, deletions and substitutions.

Big Idea: Mutations aren’t all bad.

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Science, DNA (Genetics), somatic cell, mutations, deletions, insertion, frameshift mutation, germ cell
  60 minutes
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